Words And Their Uses, Past And Present; A Study Of The English Language by Richard Grant White

Words And Their Uses, Past And Present; A Study Of The English Language

byRichard Grant White

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...was raised from the dead. The formation of resurrect from resurrection is just of a piece with the formation of donate from donation, intercess from intercession. But it is somewhat worse; for resurrected is used to mean raised, and resurrection does not mean raising, but rising. Thus we speak of the raising of Lazarus, but of the resurrection of Christ; of God's raising the dead, but of the resurrection of the dead. Sis, Sissy.--The gentlemen who, with affectionate gayety and gay affection, address very young ladies as Sis or Sissy, indulge themselves in that captivating freedom in the belief that they are merely using an abbreviation of sister. They are wrong. They doubtless mean to be fraternal, or paternal, and so subjectively their notion is correct. But Sis, as a generic name for a young girl, has come straight down to us, without the break of a day, from the dark ages. It is a mere abbreviation or nickname of Cicely, and appears all through our early literature as Cis and Cissy. It was used, like Joan and Moll, to mean any young girl, as Rob or Hob, the nicknames of Robert, were applied in a general way to any young man of the lower classes. " Robert's esteemed for handling flail, And Ciss for her clean milking-pail." The Sarah-ad, 1742, p. 5. Shamefaced, as every reader of Archbishop Trench's books on English knows, is a mere corruption of shamefast, a word of the steadfast sort. The corruption, doubtless, had its origin in a misapprehension due to the fact that fast was pronounced like fac'd, with the name sound of a, which led to the supposition that shamefast was merely an irregular spelling of shamefaced. To a similar confusion of words pronounced alike we owe the phrase " not worth a damn," in which the last word represents...

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Title:Words And Their Uses, Past And Present; A Study Of The English LanguageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217656684

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